Older Than Dirt


Ran From: February 10, 2017 – June 11, 2017 in the John C. Court Cabaret

(W/ Previews on February 8 & 9, 2017)

The Story:

Getting older isn’t for sissies but it sure is good for a laugh. Older than Dirt is the third installment in FST’s For the Ages project, our documentary theatre series focuses on aging and end of life issues. Old Enough to Know Better focused on aging generally, both the fun discoveries and the trying challenges. Last Rights examined end of life issues, and the decisions we have to make as we approach death in old age. In Older than Dirt we attempt to use laughter as our best medicine. So many people have written songs about aging, and FST has turned those songs into a cabaret to give us all the chance to laugh at ourselves for a while.

Blogs from Older Than Dirt

Being “Creative Until You Die”

By Jordan Nickels | Older Than Dirt celebrates the ups and downs of aging, showing that you should never be ashamed of your age. Your age is just a number and for some, they never give retirement a second thought! The Hollywood Reporter recently did interviews with 10 Hollywood legends, all over 90 years old,…

New Wrinkles: Panel Reflection

Barbara Smith, aging reporter for the Herald-Tribune and one of our panelists from the April 10th panel on Older Than Dirt, wrote a column response to topics discussed in our latest panel at FST discussing the dying process. http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170418/new-wrinkles-in-end-need-for-plain-words-and-straight-talk

Changing Our Minds: The Dying Process

At our April 10th panel for Older Than Dirt, the audience brought up a great question regarding the legal responsibility patients have when facing death, and what happens when they change their mind. One of our panelists, Barbara Smith, who is a reporter at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, recommended a great article by The New York Times…

Dying in the Age of Choice

On April 10th, we had a panel for our cabaret Older Than Dirt entitled Everything You Wanted to Know About Death But Were Afraid to Ask. Below is an article written about the dying process by Dr. Kathy Black, who is a Professor of Aging Studies and Social Work at the University of South Florida, Sarasota – Manatee.

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